MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- John Calipari thinks Memphis is relying
too much on individual play.
Sean Banks scored 28 of his career-high 31 points in the second
half Tuesday night, leading Memphis (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) to a 79-75 victory over
But it wasn't the type of cohesive performance the Memphis coach
"It's team now," Calipari said. "We took our own shots. We
took seven or eight bad shots in a row. ...We've got to do this as
a team. We're not close to that right now."
Banks, who missed all four of his first-half shots, was 9-of-11
after halftime for the Tigers (4-1). He also grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We didn't play bad or anything," Banks said. "They were a
good team. We are going to have to understand teams are going to be
ready to play us."
Arkansas State (1-1) refused to wilt, keeping the game close and
thwarting the Tigers' attempts to pull away in the second half. The
Indians pulled to 52-51 midway through the second half but couldn't
take the lead.
"I am disappointed we did not pull that game out," Arkansas
State coach Dickey Nutt said. "I told our guys, 'don't be
satisfied with playing decent at times.' There was a 10-minute
stretch in the second half where we fell apart defensively."
Anthony Rice scored 15 for Memphis and Rodney Carney finished
with 14, though he shot only 6-of-21. The Tigers shot 39 percent.
Dewarick Spencer led Arkansas State with 18 points, and J.J.
Montgomery scored 17. Isaac Wells finished with 12. Kitus
Witherspoon grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Indians to a 45-40
Calipari said at times his big men, including Banks, were
tipping the ball instead of grabbing rebounds. He benched Banks
briefly in the lackluster first half.
"If you have to tip the ball against Arkansas State, against a
6-5 guy, how are you going to rebound in the games we've got to
play?" Calipari said.
Calipari said escaping with Tuesday night's victory should send
a wakeup call to his team, which faces Maryland (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP), Purdue and Pittsburgh (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) on the road.
Jeff Goodman logs all the coaching changes following the 2015-16 college basketball season.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.